Roanoke College is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with access to the facilities and information they need to succeed in and out of the classroom, and that these resources are accessible in accordance with applicable law. Roanoke College has formed a taskforce to make the college website accessible to those with disabilities.
Website Accessibility Policy
Roanoke College's goal is to make its website accessible to those with disabilities, striving to meet WCAG 2.0 AA-level compliance. The items listed below are not exhaustive, but represent the biggest areas where content creators must comply.
- Documents - The content on the website will be presented in a web-page format. Documents such as PDFs, Word documents and spreadsheets shall only be used with the approval of the task force. College form documents will be converted to web forms, including those requiring a signature. Submitting a form will require a user to log on in order to make it secure and equivalent to an electronic signature. All forms will be located in Form Finder. Go here to start this process of converting paper forms to electronic forms.
- Tables - Tables will not be used in web pages, unless the task force determines there is no other way to present the data. This information will be converted to list format. If tables are used, they must be coded to be accessible so that screen readers can interpret the data properly. Contact Michael Santoroski or Whitney Anderson for assistance, or see this page for a template to use.
- Images - Images added to the website must contain alt text, which is a text description of the image. Photos with text must also be transcribed in the alt text. Users adding an image must add the alt text at the time the image is added.
- Videos - All videos on the website must be closed captioned. The college has decided to use an outside service to accomplish this. Each office or department is responsible for closed captioning of their videos and paying the added cost for captioning. Contact Whitney Anderson in the Public Relations office for assistance with video captioning.